As I was reflecting on the second half of Gee’s book “The Anti-Education” for this week’s CEP812 assignment, I realized that I was part of his biased theory where I tended to lean towards information that already supported my views regarding education. Before starting my Master’s program, I was under the impression that once I graduated from my undergrad program, I was going to be a set educator for life. I thought I had all the tools and set of skills needed to be thriving in my profession. What I sadly did not realize until now is the lack of information I was seeking out on my own. I was basically going from one district mandated professional development to another: consuming and seldom interacting/producing.
Thus, to be proactive with my informational diet that is based on evidence versus ideology, I chose three sources that I think will push the limits of my educational thinking through consumption and interaction.
Scoop.it/CommonCoreOnline by Darren Burris
(Courtesy of Scoop.it)
I chose this source because it pulls in all the Common Core related issues from other reputable sources such as USNEWS and teachingchannel.org. This source compiles implementation of the Common Core State Standards and their subsequent assessments. This source also includes various stances on the Common Core Standards and its effect on the educational system. Some of the articles have already informed me of the multitude of ways teachers are implementing the Common Core Standards that align with the old state standards. This is vital to my informational diet as it will inform me on the current status of the Common Core issues in the States as I am teaching abroad and do not have a sense of the struggles and victories some school districts are going through by implementing these standards.
(Courtesy of Edutopia)
This seems like an obvious choice that I have not utilized to its full potential. It has many great resources and articles on game-based learning to the “8 Minutes That Matter Most”. There is also an archive of helpful videos as well as the opportunity to participate by “joining the conversation”. This will push my thinking in terms of taking each facet of my core subject areas and improving them based on their current limitations and ineffectiveness. I think by participating with other teachers, I can get their experienced viewpoints and opinions where I can arrive at a best-case solution.
(Courtesy of Education Week)
Last but not least is the Times of education: Education Week. EW is the kind of educational source I tend to avoid. I have always associated it with pointless politics and constant repertoire of things that do not work in schools. Since my obvious distaste for that area of education, it was only fitting to add it to my information diet as it will guarantee to push my thinking in new ways and hopefully come to view that side of education in an informative way instead of avoiding it like the plague.
“What if human beings are not meant to be individuals, but rather, are meant to be parts of a bigger whole?” suggested Gee. He notes that the human race has reached its intellectual potential through the mind and technology, however as a whole unit, “humans are not meant to think for themselves by themselves, but, rather, to integrate with tools and other people’s minds to make a mind of minds” (Gee, 2013). This is a powerful statement that has driven my search for informational sources that will most definitely push my thinking in new and challenging ways.
Gee, J.P. (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Education Week. (n, d.) Education week logo. [image]. Retrieved from https://rossier.usc.edu/files/2013/10/education_week_logo.jpg
Edutopia. (n, d.) Edutopia logo. [image]. Retrieved from http://www.misswheatonsartroom.com/uploads/2/5/0/6/25067771/3575304_orig.jpg
Scoop.it (n, d.) [image]. Retrieved from http://www.scoop.it/t/common-core-mathematics
Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2014). The power of I don’t know. [image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/rzuniga/15268475448/